Official statistics are essential to democratic debate based on solid facts. They provide information on population growth, the economic situation and the level of education as well as on society, spatial planning and the environment, as shown in these graphs.
  • Population
  • Social security
  • Culture, media, information society, sport
  • National economy
  • Health
  • Territory and environment
  • Mobility and transport
  • On behalf of government and Parliament, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) collects data with the support of its various partners. As national centre for official statistics in Switzerland, it coordinates surveys to ease the burden on businesses in particular.

    The FSO produces objective and well-founded data. Data that can be counted on. Data that enable comparisons with other countries and that show where we have come from and where we are going. Statistics counts. For you too!

    Discover some important figures for Switzerland below.

    counts people.


    8.484 million

    Switzerland's population at the end of 2017

    How many people live in Switzerland? How old are they? How many children do they have? Where did they come from and where do they live? What job do they do? How are religions, languages and occupations distributed throughout the population?

    Statistics counts for you.

    The Federal Statistical Office provides reliable figures on the population, its origins, its age structure and employment. In so doing it not only describes the past but provides an essential foundation for the future to plan for public infrastructure such as schools and old people's homes, or roads and railways. Without this foundation, cantonal financial compensation could not be calculated and the number of seats in the National Council could not be allocated.


    counts income and social

    Social Affairs

    in CHF billion

    Expenditures for social benefits in 2016

    How much income does a household in Switzerland need to finance its expenditure and how much is left over? How much does old age provision cost? When do we retire? Does poverty exist in Switzerland?

    Statistics counts for you.

    The Federal Statistical Office keeps a record of how our social security is doing, how much social benefits cost as well as where the money comes from and where it goes. This creates transparency, enabling policy makers to distribute resources correctly and to predict where bottlenecks might occur in future. An objective statistical basis is needed for the welfare state to remain fair and sustainable.

    Social security

    counts ballot papers, cinemas
    and crimes.


    32 %

    share of women in the National Council

    What is the percentage of women in the National Council? How many libraries are there in Switzerland? What are most popular styles of music and how much does a cinema ticket cost? Where do most murders take place?

    Statistics counts for you.

    Society in Switzerland has many faces. The Federal Statistical Office collects selected data in the area of leisure and quality of life, documents and analyses elections and votes as well as publishing the latest political results on the evening following elections and referendums. The Federal Statistical Office also keeps an overview of criminality and the penal system. These are all parts of a jigsaw that help us to understand life in Switzerland.

    Culture, media, information society, sport

    counts prices, wages and
    value added.

    Economics/Public finances

    1.6 %

    rise in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017

    What percentage do the pharmaceutical industry, the banks and insurances or mechanical engineering contribute to the gross domestic product? How does the price level in Switzerland compare internationally? Who are Switzerland's major trading partners? What is the state of Switzerland's economy? What are the trends in consumer prices?

    Statistics counts for you.

    The economy is an important factor in prosperity and well-being. The Federal Statistical Office compiles important information on the Swiss economy – on such diverse topics as inflation, business statistics and the National Accounts. These data help provide consumers with fair prices. These data are used by politics, the administration, economy and society as a basis for opinion building and decision making. They make for more reliable planning and help the Swiss economy to recognise trends in good time as well as exploiting competitive and locational advantages.

    National economy

    counts people in education.


    1.6 Mio.

    people in education in the 2016/2017 school year

    How many children start school each year? How many teachers will we need in the coming years? How much does a degree course cost? Which courses provide the best job security? How much money do the Confederation, cantons and businesses spend on research and development?

    Statistics counts for you.

    Education is the foundation of every society. The Federal Statistical Offices provides the necessary information on all levels of education. This enables the education authorities and policy makers to plan educational programmes ahead, to set them up and strengthen them – from compulsory schooling to the higher education institutes and continuing education.

    Education and science

    counts the healthy and the sick.



    people died of cancer in 2015

    What is the occupancy rate of hospital beds? How often do Swiss people take exercise? How many people die from a heart attack, have breast cancer or are coping with the consequences of diabetes? What does our health system cost?

    Statistics counts for you.

    With comprehensive surveys on health and health care provision, the Federal Statistical Office makes an important contribution to the recording of disease, treatment and the population's health behaviour. This also reveals where and for what reason health costs are increasing and where bottlenecks in health care provision can be expected in the future, so that action can be taken in time.


    counts the built environment
    and sustainable development.

    Territory, environment and sustainable development

    23 %

    growth in built environment over 24 years

    By how many square metres does the built environment increase every day? How fast are the glaciers disappearing? What quantity of natural resources are consumed every year? How high are environment-related taxes? Is Switzerland evolving into a a sustainable development?

    Statistics counts for you.

    The land use statistics provide data that is essential for spatial planning. The environmental satellite account provides an important basis for decision making in Swiss policy. Furthermore, large amounts of data from the federal statistics are fed into an indicator system which measures Switzerland's progress with regard to sustainable development.

    Territory and environment

    counts commutes and
    transport costs.

    Mobility and Transport

    30.3 minutes

    average commuting time (2016)

    How many kilometres do Swiss residents travel per day? How long does an average commute take? What trends can be seen in passenger and goods transport by road and rail? How much does transport cost and who pays what? Which means of transport are the most subject to accidents?

    Statistics counts for you.

    Without mobility nothing moves. The federal statistics data series provide information on people's behaviour towards mobility and their use of the infrastructure as well as providing figures on the resulting costs and environmental damage. This information is an important basis for decision-making, for example with regard to investments in the expansion of transport infrastructure and security improvements.

    Mobility and transport

    counts businesses

    5.12 million

    jobs in Switzerland in 2016 (according to STATENT)

    What trends can be seen in the different economic sectors in Switzerland? How is the business performance of Swiss companies? How does the price level in Switzerland compare internationally? What are the trends for construction, production and import prices?

    Statistics counts for you.

    Economic statistics are useful to every business: for example when choosing new locations, for comparisons with rival companies, for calculating personnel costs or the availability of specialists.

    Economic statistics are also a basis on which to make important decisions. The Swiss National Bank uses them for its monetary policy; trade associations and social partners use them when negotiating wage compensation and inflation allowances. This information is so important to some sectors that they pay the Federal Statistical Office to create more detailed surveys.

    The Federal Statistical Office only carries out surveys and studies which are commissioned by the Federal Council and Parliament. Businesses are obliged to provide information that is correct. Because our business landscape is characterised by a majority of small and medium-sized businesses, it is important that these are described in detail in the statistics. Failure to include them would result in a misleading impression of Swiss industry.

    Statistics counts for and on you.

    Especially in the case of large and small businesses.

    Industry and services

    counts on you.

    Statistics are an important point of reference in an increasingly complex world. In a modern government their role is to objectify: They turn mere supposition into knowledge and can bring emotional debates back to reality. Without statistics politics, economy and the society - all of us - risk making decisions on the basis of false assumptions. For this reason the Federal Statistical Office counts. On you too.

    You can count
    on statistics.

    The Federal Statistical Offices attaches great importance to data protection. The FSO is not interested in Mr Brown’s or Ms Smith’s tastes and preferences; nor is it interested in one particular business. Statistics are not interested in you as an individual; they are interested in employed persons, in pensioners, in parents and students. This is why all data are made anonymous. And you can count on that.